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Child Development and Caregiving 12

Child Development and Caregiving 12 Course Overview

Big Ideas

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CDC12 will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will assist in making informed decisions regarding child development and caregiving. This course covers valuable topics surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, it will cover details on child development and developmental theories from birth through to the teenage years. Finally, the course also examines childcare options and programming.

CDC12 is ideal for those considering careers involving children, healthcare, teaching, childcare, recreation, or simply for those who are considering the role and responsibilities of being a parent later in life.

Where does this course fit?

  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Graduation Status: One of the Grade 10/11/12 ADST/Arts Education options for graduation
  • This Grade 12 course is also open to Grade 10 and 11 students who have taken, or are currently taking, Social Studies 10.

Course Materials

  • All resources are provided online.
  • There are notes, assignments, rubrics, links, videos, and other materials that will assist the student in their learning.

Brief Outline



Pregnancy and Childbirth


  • Health and Conception
  • Prenatal Development
  • Childbirth and Delivery
  • Childbirth Practices.

Theories of Child Development


  • Psychosocial Development
  • Attachment Theory
  • Psychosexual Development Theory
  • Social Learning Theory
  • Cognitive Development
  • Development within Nature
  • Cultural Variations

Stages of Development


  • Development from infancy to Adolescence
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Impact of Technology and Play
  • Early Development Index
  • Social Media and Mental Health

Caregiving Styles


  • Cultural Influences
  • Caregiving Styles and Time
  • Competing Beliefs
  • Indigenous Parenting

Legal Rights and Obligations


  • Responsibilities and Rights
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Freedom

Child Care Options and Programming


  • Daycare and Preschool
  • Options and Daycare Choices
  • Designing Programs

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course

Startup Assignment


Unit Learning Guides x 6


Unit Assignments x 6


Midterm Exam


Final Exam


You have up to a year to complete the course.

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